What a stark contrast from the women’s final, which saw two unseeded teenagers battling it out. We have the first and second seed in the men’s draw that have reached the final. Novak Djokovic is the -285 favorite to win, while Daniil Medvedev is the +230 underdog. Djokovic is going for the Golden Slam, which means winning all four Grand Slams in a calendar year. If successful it will be a massive feat, as well as having one more Grand Slam title than the other greats of Federer and Nadal.
Djokovic definitely didn’t have it all his way throughout the tournament, constantly dropping one set in a number of his matches. While Medvedev put in clinical performance after clinical performance. This will be Medvedev’s best chance at getting his first Grand Slam title, as Djokovic will definitely be feeling the pressure of trying to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year. Djokovic has also spent a lot more time on the court, thanks to his high number of four set matches.
So, who will win the championship? Will it be the world number one going for his 21st Grand Slam title? Or will it be the world number two, who is striving to win his first Grand Slam in his career? Only time will tell!
Have a read on below at our tennis picks below for the men’s US Open final:
Novak Djokovic (1) vs Daniil Medvedev (2)
Djokovic is just three sets away from becoming the first male player since 1969 to complete the calendar Grand Slam. He must overcome what looks to be his toughest opponent to date, in Medvedev. Medvedev, like a number of the younger male players, has been living in the shadow of the big three (Djokovic, Federer and Nadal) for a while, and we are sure he would rather beat them on the court, as opposed to waiting for them to finally retire. Well, Medvedev gets his chance to beat Djokovic out on the court, but it won’t be an easy task, as the Serb looks laser focused on getting the job done.
So far this tournament, Djokovic has only played one three set match, which was in the second round. It seems like it takes a bit for him to get into the swing of things so far at the US Open, as in four of his six matches so far, he has dropped the first set. But he certainly isn’t fazed when he drops the first set, if anything, it gets him to fire up more and he uses it as his fuel to keep going.
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Out of the two, it definitely looked as though the Serb had the tougher of the draw, especially when coming across Berrettini in the quarters and Zverev in the semis (a match that went to five sets). But he still manages to find a way to win, and he has won 27 Major matches in a row. One of the biggest problems we see for Djokovic at the moment is his time spent on court, which is five more hours than Medvedev. But the Serb has only lost five games all season, compared to winning 45, and when you look specifically at the hard court, he has only lost two games, compared to winning 20.
Medvedev has only dropped one set the entire tournament so far, which was to unseeded van de Zandschulp in the quarter final. Other then that, it has been really smooth sailing for the Russian. He has overcome tough opponents in the 24th seed of Evans and the 12th seed of Auger-Aliassime, but no one really has been able to come close. Going up against Djokovic will be a whole other level though, and he will have to bring his A game from the get-go.
The Russian managed to reach the final at the first Grand Slam of the year, at the Australian Open, where he was beaten by Djokovic in straight sets. He made it to the quarter finals at the French Open, where he was beaten by Tsitsipas in straight sets. Then at Wimbledon, he was knocked out in the Round of 16, by Hurkacz, in five sets. So all-in-all it’s been a pretty good year, but he would certainly like to add a Grand Slam title to wrap the up in a really nice bow.
Looking at the head-to-head between Djokovic and Medvedev, they have played each other eight times in the past, with Djokovic leading that tally 5-3. When looking at their record on the hard court, it stands at 3-1, in favor of Djokovic. The last time the pair faced off on court, was actually at the Australian Open final, where as you know, Djokovic won in straight sets. The last time Medvedev beat Djokovic was in late 2020.
— Daniil Medvedev (@DaniilMedwed) September 11, 2021
It will be the Russians big serve that Djokovic will need to look out for, as Medvedev will use his serve to try and get a lot of easy points. So far the Russian has hit 70 aces, and has won around 80% of the points when he gets his first serve in. While the Serbs form has looked a bit shaky, he is known to stand up in the big games, and it is very likely he was just conserving his energy for the match that really mattered, the final.
Medvedev may have one of the best serves on tour, but Djokovic had one of the best returns on tour, so it will be interesting to see how this one shakes out. The Serb will look to be really aggressive from the start, and mix up his shorts to keep Medvedev guessing. While the pair do have a pretty similar style of play, it is the Djokovic forehand that will ultimately help him get the win here, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the Russian takes a set, or two, off the Serb.
Tennis Pick: Set Betting – Over 3.5 (-186)
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*Odds correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.